An Evening at the Improv (1981–1996)

The Improv is a comedy club franchise. Originally, it was a single venue founded in 1963 by Budd Friedman and located in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City on West 44th near the southeast corner of 9th Ave. A second location was opened in 1974 at 8162 Melrose Avenue in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles, California (which immediately prior housed the Ash Grove, a legendary folk music venue). In 1979 Mark Lonow became a general partner and with Budd Friedman ran the Melrose club and oversaw the expansion of the single room as it became a successful chain. In 1982 the L.A. Improv became the original site for the A&E Network television series An Evening at the Improv, running from 1982 until 1996.
Co-Host: Ted McGinley
Co-Host: Ron Reagan
Co-Host Phil Hartman
Co-Host: Mickey Rooney
Co-Host: Rita Moreno
Co-Host: Sally Kellernan
CoHost: Cindy Williams
CoHost: Margo Kidman
CoHost: Fred Travelina
Performer: Brian Swinehart
An All-Star Toast to the Improv (1988)
More to come (I hope)

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